The Moth and the Cocoon
found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took
it home so that he could watch the moth come
out of the cocoon. One day a small opening
appeared, and he sat and watched for several
hours as the moth struggled to force its
body through that little hole. Then it seemed to
stop making any progress. It appeared as
if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go
no farther. It just seemed to be stuck. Then
the man, in his kindness, decided to help the
moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped
off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The
moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen
body and small, shriveled wings. The man
continued to watch the moth because he expected
that, at any moment, the wings would
enlarge and expand to be able to support
the body, which would contract in time. Neither
happened! In fact, the little moth spent
the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen
body and shriveled wings. It never was able
to fly. What the man in his kindness and haste
did not understand was that the restricting
cocoon and the struggle required for the
moth to get through the tiny opening were
God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the
moth into its wings so that it would be ready
for flight once it achieved its freedom from
the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only
come after the struggle. By depriving the moth
of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we
need in our life. If God allowed us to go
through our life without any obstacles, He would
cripple us. We would not be as strong as
what we could have been.
When you are driving your car and go over
a speed bump, do you back up and drive over it
again? (No - unless you're a 16 year old
who just got his license and want to see how fast
you can take it <g>) So you just hit a
little speed bump and all ya gotta do is keep going.
You may have to change your goals for the
next week or two, but there is no going back.
It is good to remember that the tea
kettle, although up to his neck in hot water,
continues to sing.
Steps To Happiness
You can't be all things to all people.
You can't do all things at once.
You can't do all things equally well.
You can't do all things better than everyone
Your humanity is showing just like everyone
You have to find out who you are, and be
You have to decide what comes first, and
You have to discover your strengths, and
You have to learn not to compete with others,
because no one else is in the contest of *being you*.
You will have learned to accept your own
You will have learned to set priorities and
You will have learned to live with your limitations.
You will have learned to give yourself the
respect that is due and you'll be a most vital mortal.
Dare To Believe:
That you are a wonderful, unique person.
That you are a once-in-all-history event.
That it's more than a right, it's your duty,
to be who you are.
That life is not a problem to solve, but
a gift to cherish.
And you'll be able to stay one up on what
used to get you down.
In a university commencement address several years ago, Brian Dyson, CEO
of Coca Cola
Enterprises, spoke of the relation of work to one's other commitments:
"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in
the air. You name them
- work, family, health, friends and spirit and you're keeping all of
these in the air. You will
soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will
bounce back. But the
other four balls family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass.
If you drop one of
these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or
They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for
balance in your life.
Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is
because we are
different that each of us is special.
Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know
what is best for
Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them
as you would your
life, for without them, life is meaningless.
Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past
or for the future. By living
your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.
Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really
over until the moment
you stop trying.
Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this
fragile thread that
binds us to each together.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we
learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find.
The quickest way to receive love
is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it to tightly;
and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've
been, but also where
you are going.
Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can
always carry easily.
Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is
not a race, but a
journey to be savored each step of the way.
Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery and Today is a gift: that's
why we call it -